STARS | wordbound #3

Prompt: What is your favourite word? Write a scene around that word.

Sophia had been building a rocket in her backyard for more than three months now. And tonight would be the night where she finally finished her masterpiece - she had checked and double-checked if all the safety measures were in place and if she had taken enough of her favourite chocolate with her. Just looking at her work made her giggle like a maniac so she lay down on the grass to calm down again. Above her head the stars shone in all their beauty. Sophia reached her hands out into the night, longing for the stars but never getting there. »Tonight,« a voice inside of her whispered. »Tonight, tonight.«

Before getting inside her rocket, Sophia stood up and had one last look around. The old treehouse her father had built when she had been a child, the never-ending fields in the back, their neighbour's car in which she had puked when she had been nine years old. Sophia had always thought this would be harder, but it was the easiest thing she had ever done. She had thought she would miss everything so badly, it would make her stay. But she didn't. There was nothing left for her down here.

Just as she was climbing up the ladder to get inside, someone called her. »Sophia,« they called, breathless, probably running. »Sophia, Sophia.« And again: »Sophia, wait!«

She did not need to look to see who it was but she did look nevertheless. She wanted to see his face one last time. »What are you doing here, Sebastian?«

»Sophia, don't go,« he finally came to a halt, a few steps from her rocket. It seemed like he didn't want to step closer, as if he was scared by it. »Don't do that, I'm begging you.« And then he was really going down on his knees, hands together, begging her to stay.

»You should go now. You know I don't belong here.«

»We belong to each other, you said it yourself, you always said it, remember?«

»That's true, I did. But I know now that I don't belong to you. I belong to the stars.«

Sebastian opened his mouth like he wanted to say something but it was left there hanging because he realised there was nothing to be said anymore.

Sophia got inside of her rocket. She did not look back.

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  1. Such a cool snippet! You had me hooked at the first sentence and I love the detail about her double checking the chocolate supply.

    1. Thank you so much for taking your time to read it! :) Means the world to me.


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